This is in addition to SARA’s contracted assistance to conduct the day-to-day operations at the wastewater treatment plant. SARA also provides the City of Goliad technical assistance as requested with wastewater treatment system troubleshooting, training, line breaks, line stoppages and other wastewater system-related emergencies.
“The San Antonio River Authority has been an invaluable partner to the City of Goliad,” interim city administrator Larry Zermeno said. “Small cities do not have the resources to employ professional staff for many needs. On several occasions, SARA’s knowledgeable, professional and friendly staff has provided expert and sound advice to our city.
“It is clear that SARA is committed to fostering relationships that are conducive to its role as steward of the San Antonio River Basin.”
By early December, SARA staff will be trained to operate the city’s water system, and SARA will assume the day-to-day operations at that time. Additionally, SARA is providing $8,000 of technical assistance to clean and televise nearly 2,000 feet of the city’s wastewater lines, which allows the City of Goliad to identify and prioritize problems within the system.
“SARA is committed to continue working with the City of Goliad by offering expertise and knowledge to collaboratively seek solutions that support the community of Goliad and the local environment,” said Adair Sutherland, who represents Goliad County on the SARA Board of Directors.
One of SARA’s priorities in the Lower San Antonio River Basin is to deliver valued public service by fostering relationships and providing technical guidance to local governments. SARA continues to do this throughout the basin by partnering with communities to assist with the development of new and innovative strategies for sustainable growth. The trained and certified personnel at SARA understand the challenges faced by growing communities as they encounter and address aging infrastructure and regulatory changes.
To learn more about SARA’s Intergovernmental Relations activities in the Lower Basin, please contact Karen Opiela, Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 210-302-3280.